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Gabrielle Bell rounds out July 2014

Hopefully you’ve followed Gabrielle Bell’s great series of July diary comics this year. She decided to post her entries throughout the month of August, and this week marks the end. If you haven’t followed along, no problem. You can easily visit her website and quickly take the plunge.

For the moment, we’ll link to Friday’s entry, July 21st.

Also, order Gabrielle’s latest book Truth is Fragmentary. If you like these latest snippets, you may as well know the whole story.

Gabrielle Bell draws herself for BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed asked 23 female cartoonists to draw their bodies, and Gabrielle Bell was one of them. She contributes a short strip about swimming naked in a river, done up in her classic diary comic style. Others included are Vanessa Davis, Hope Larson and Roberta Gregory.

You can check out the full list here. Order Gabrielle’s latest, Truth is Fragmentary, from our website.

This is Not a Café: Gabrielle Bell’s July Diary (in August)

Are you reading Gabrielle Bell’s July Diary (in August) right now? You should be! She’s really knocking it out of the park! It’s not often we get new daily comics from Gabrielle, so go to it! Start here, and keep reading!

We’re extending our Gabrielle Bell set deal until the end of the month, so if you need to catch up on her recent books, now is the time! If you don’t have a copy of her brand new book, Truth is Fragmentary, get it here.

New Art Show with Gabrielle Bell and others

An impressive array of talent including Gabrielle Bell are part of an art show in Beacon, New York, (about a ten minute walk from the Metro North train station). Many of the artists will be be present, including Ariel Schrag, who will be reading from her acclaimed debut novel Adam, and Matt Thurber, who will be performing one of his famous scroll readings. Wish we could be there!

Gabrielle Bell’s New Experiment in Autobiography on The Nib

Gabrielle Bell excerpted a part of Truth is Fragmentary on The Nib! Here’s a bit from the introduction:

Gabrielle Bell, indie comics darling and anxious auto-bio queen, has trouble introducing her work.

“I find it difficult,” Bell told The Nib, “I usually say they are comics about myself, and then I get really quiet and mysterious and hope it makes people want to learn more about me.”

To facilitate learning more about Bell, this week The Nib will be publishing ‘The Colombia Diaries’ — an excerpt from her new book, Truth is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries.

Unlike her other autobiographical comics, ‘Colombia Diaries’ was written in third person by a fictional secretary.

“It was an experiment,” Bell explained, “I’d done so many diaries and travelogues at this point I felt in danger of repeating myself, and also simply sick of my own voice.

“So this was meant to be a new twist.”

Check out the full post here.

Gabrielle Bell Reviewed on Timesleader

Gabrielle Bell’s Truth Is Fragmentary was reviewed in Timesleader. Here’s a little taste of what they had to say:

Hailed as an alternative cartoonist, Bell is best known for her works The Voyeurs and Lucky, which won the Ignatz Award for Most Outstanding Minicomic in 2003. In her recent work, Bell demonstrates a continued maturity and excellence as one of the best young cartoonists of her time. Using her life and travels as a starting point, Bell, in the most appropriate of ways, draws life through comics.

The rest of the review is here.

Comics for Introverts on Huffington Post

A couple weeks ago Gabrielle Bell and her new book, Truth is Fragmentary were all over Huffington Post. Did you catch it? If you didn’t here’s some of the nice things they said:

How does one reconcile the desire to be alone while simultaneously craving companionship? Throughout her book, Bell is pulled in opposite directions — to connect with others and to retreat.

“People! They are so annoying, yammering away with their opinions and feelings and anecdotes and advice. I sit and wait for them to go away, and even after they do their voices continue to yammer in my head,” she writes. “All the little things they say, they sting and bite and wear you down. I‘d rather be eaten alive by insects.”

While that sounds gloomy, don’t be fooled: Bell’s work is bursting with heart. Her keen eye for detail and empathetic, introspective voice results in comics that are joyful, unexpected and often refreshingly hilarious.

The article also features a very nice interview with Gabrielle, here’s a sample:

Tell me about your diary comics. What is the purpose of recording everything in the diary comics?

I used to always keep a personal comic journal. But doing comics takes so long, I’d end up doing a diary all day long, it was so compulsive, and I’d had to get in so many details, so I started publishing it just to feel like I wasn’t wasting all my time.

I used them to work through things, to try to find meaning in things. Life is so chaotic, so you try to create some system. I have to admit that these diaries that I’ve published are all about my basic coping with being alive.

When I would go on trips, I wanted to have something come out of it. If I went to Oslo for a week, I wanted to have this image of Oslo, this recording of day-to-day life in Oslo. It was a challenge for me to make something funny and interesting.

Read the whole article here and order the new book here.

Truth is Fragmentary Review in The Globe And Mail

Last week, Canada’s The Globe and Mail reviewed Gabrielle Bell’s Truth Is Fragmentary. It’s short but sweet:

At one point in her latest comic-strip memoir, Gabrielle Bell wonders whether she is “one of those people who are afflicted with too much consciousness.” For readers, though, Bell’s affliction – evident in her pensive captions, careful lines, and worried-over shading – is rather more of a blessing. Her comics brim with unpredictable, incisive observation, as she records not just the humming details of daily existence, but the fancies that fill life’s lulls as well.

Read the whole review here.

Truth is Fragmentary Reviewed by Paste Magazine

Paste Magazine reviewed Gabrielle Bell’s Truth is Fragmentary. They have some very nice things to say:

Most of the book’s pages are black-and-white, with an uncomplicated panel structure. This approach is characteristic of the genre, but Bell has a great grasp of body language. In addition, her unique aesthetic never veers into sloppiness or overworks the pages. Mostly, though, her work is strong because of its writing — this includes the way she structures a story from panel to panel. The tone is conversational, self-amused, unstressed and assuredly improvisational, like watching an excellent cook throw a meal together from what’s already on hand in the kitchen.

Read the whole review here.

Gabrielle Bell at Desert Island

Tonight! New York! Brooklyn! Desert Island Comics! 7 to 9 pm! Gabrielle Bell will be present for the NY launch of Truth is Fragmentary! Don’t miss it!